Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Contact details

Address: Bakeham Lane-Egham-TW20 9TY-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Intergovernmental 0

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Microbial and invertebrate

Bacteria X Filamentous fungi (Basidiomycetes) X
Yeasts (Ascomycetes) X Virus
Yeasts (Basidiomycetes) X Nematodes
Filamentous fungi (Ascomycetes) X Mycoplasmas

Type of material maintained:

Modern breeds and varieties Traditional breeds and varieties Populations Other(s)

Type of material stored:

Living collections Sperm Egg cells Seeds Tissue cultures Cells Other(s)

Collection description:

Date of start of the collection/population: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 28000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: International
Population management:

  • ex situ

Objective of maintaining the collection/population:

Conservation Research Breeding Training Awareness raising Other(s)



Use of available technical guidelines (e.g. FAO) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes Database; Catalogue
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

Other: WDCM:;

Database management system (software)

Private software – BioWare – Biolomics

Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: Yes


Viability testing of stored material: Frequently
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: Yes, but rarely
Regeneration/multiplication: Frequently
Molecular analysis (e.g. DNA sequencing or fingerprinting): Frequently
Evaluation of useful traits: Frequently

Overall viability level of your collection

Good: Majority preserved by freeze drying or by cryopreservation
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Cryo bank
  • DNA bank
  • Lyophilised (LYO)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 250
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 10
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 20

Budget and funding

Yearly budget for the collection (in euros): > 250,000

Funding sources (in %)

National government 0%
Other public authorities than national governement and other agencies 3%
Other(s) 97%
Comments Other is generated revenue through project, contracts, services and products

Funding allocation (in %)

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